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Pietro D'Abano e l'Immagine Astrologica e Scientifica a Padova nel Trecento: da Giotto ai Carraresi

Giordana Mariani Canova


The paper intends to prove the incidence that scientific doctrines, mostly Pietro dAbanos astrological and medical studies, had on Giottos painting at the Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padova and his lost astrological cycle in the Sala della Ragione. It is emphasized how in no other painting of his, Giotto displayed as much intellectualism as in the Cappella degli Scrovegni. There we can note the importance of the physical representation of the sky and stars and figures particular physiognomic characterization referable to Pietro dAbanos theories presented in his astrological treatises and in his Compilation Phisionomiae. Even the ecceptional botanical realism displayed in the representation of plants can be probably referred to Pietro dAbanos scientific teaching. An hypotetical reconstruction, according to Ptolomeus theories and Pietro dAbanos physiognomic, of Giottos astrological cycle in the Sala della Ragione is also proposed.  Key words: Pietro D'Abano - Astrology - Padua - Astrological image

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